nursing homes

Don’t Expect A Boost In Nursing Home Staff Any Time Soon

With great fanfare, the Biden Administration recently announced new regulations aimed at increasing staffing at nursing homes and boosting pay for some home care workers. The laudable intention: To improve care for frail older adults and younger people with disabilities. But don’t expect changes anytime soon. It will be years before either of these rules are fully implemented. The new [...]

By |2024-05-02T15:41:56-04:00May 2nd, 2024|long-term care workers|0 Comments

Biden Sets New Nursing Home Staffing Rules

The Biden Administration has announced it will impose new minimum staffing rules for nursing homes. But the regulations appear to give facilities time to meet the requirements. Separately, the Administration also is requiring that home care agencies allocate at least 80 percent of their Medicaid payments to staff compensation. States would have flexibility to adjust the rules for small and [...]

By |2024-04-22T14:44:30-04:00April 22nd, 2024|nursing homes|0 Comments

Do Nursing Homes Low-Ball Profit Reports To Get Higher Government Payments?

Do nursing home owners understate the profits they report to federal regulators by shifting income to related businesses? Two academic experts in nursing home finance found that in one state 63 percent of margins are hidden this way. To put it another way, only 37 percent of true nursing home profits are reported to federal regulators. A new paper by [...]

By |2024-03-18T11:12:09-04:00March 18th, 2024|nursing homes|0 Comments

Biden’s Budget Would Hike Medicare Taxes, Boost Medicaid Home-Based Long-Term Care

President Biden’s 2025 budget proposal, which will double as his presidential campaign platform, includes major proposals aimed at supporting older adults. It would raise taxes to help fund Medicare, increase federal support for Medicaid home-based care,, create a federal family leave program for those caring for older adults as well as children, and toughen regulation and inspections of nursing homes. [...]

By |2024-03-12T09:55:41-04:00March 12th, 2024|Joe Biden|0 Comments

The US Health System Should Focus on Pre-Acute Care Not Post-Acute

The US health system focuses an enormous amount of money and attention on post-acute care—the medical treatment patients receive after they have been discharged from a hospital. But it would more cost effective, and far better for patients, to refocus on what you might call pre-acute care: What the US can do to prevent those hospitalizations in the first place. [...]

By |2024-03-05T15:36:34-05:00March 5th, 2024|Health Care|0 Comments

Barring Immigrant Care Workers Punishes Frail Seniors And Their Families

Congress is debating whether to impose new restrictions on immigration as the price of a deal to provide new aid to Ukraine and Israel. But some of the biggest victims of this misguided policy will be frail older adults, younger people living with disabilities, and their families. For their sakes, Congress should make immigration easier, not harder, for the nurses [...]

By |2024-01-03T09:42:20-05:00January 3rd, 2024|long-term care workers|0 Comments

Who Really Owns Nursing Homes, And How The Feds Are About To Learn More

The federal government wants to know more, and wants consumers to know more, about who owns  nursing homes. It is about time. And it may help identify some of the worst actors who pollute the nursing home industry. However, without easier access to this new information, I’m not sure how helpful it will be for prospective residents and their families. [...]

By |2023-11-27T11:22:48-05:00November 27th, 2023|nursing homes|0 Comments

Three Experiments To Help Reduce The Shortages Of Senior Care Workers

The US is desperately short of nurses, personal care aides, and other direct care workers who help frail older adults and younger people with disabilities manage their days. Instead of dealing with the problem, policymakers have, predictably, devolved into their usual partisan blame-mongering. Watch, if you can, this recent hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the worker [...]

By |2023-11-16T09:54:05-05:00November 16th, 2023|nursing homes, Senior housing|0 Comments

Which States Provide The Best—And Worst—Long-Term Care Services?

Minnesota and Washington are the states that provide the best services and supports for frail older adults, younger people with disabilities, and their families, according to a new study by AARP. The worst performers: Alabama and West Virginia. AARP defines superior supports and services as those that are affordable and accessible, give families a choice of high-quality and safe care [...]

By |2023-09-29T14:59:11-04:00October 2nd, 2023|long-term care|0 Comments

Fixing Nursing Homes Nine Small Steps At A Time

It hardly is news that nursing homes are in trouble. Consumers think they are unsafe; nurses, aides, and other staff are reluctant to work for them; hundreds of facilities are shutting and others are closing beds and even entire wings because they can’t staff them. How can these multiple problems be fixed? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) [...]

By |2023-09-19T10:55:58-04:00September 19th, 2023|nursing homes|0 Comments